Some people claim to never want to work again. Anyone who is out of work would pretty much immediately tell you how absurd that sounds to them. Sigmund Freud believed we all need two things – work and love. Something that fills our time and energy and something that fills our heart. If you’re one of those few who wants to never work another day in their life, I have all of the advice you need.
We’ll start by assuming you work now. Your goal now is to not work, to avoid productivity.
First and foremost, you must make sure no-one will ever assume you are a competent manager of your own time.
Collaboration breeds creativity which might create some kind of drive or motivation, even pride in your work, we don’t want that, now do we?
This step is particularly important for the consultant or contractor or anyone who is independently employed. Don’t allow yourself to hang around innovators, progressives, socialites, forward thinking business owners, or any other of those foolish and ambitious ne’er-do-wells. If you expand your network, you might find new opportunities waiting for you and – gosh – who wants that?
Here’s the thing: when you spend time developing your intellect, your character, your body, you are just asking for potential. Potential – I’ve heard it said – comes from a word which means “You ain’t done a thing.” So keep it that way! Don’t improve yourself, you’ll just find yourself busy and internally rewarded. That helps no-one except for everyone including yourself.
Obviously I’m aiming at a bit of humor.
Oddly, business and success ends up being rather easy, we just overlook the basics that help us succeed.